Guide

Food packaging

Cling film in food packaging

It is safe to use cling film as long you use it correctly. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has produced advice for consumers on using cling film safely. It has also made recommendations to manufacturers on labelling their products to help consumers use them properly.

Guidance on using cling film safely

Not every type of cling film is suitable for all uses. To protect the quality and taste of food it is important not to:

  • use cling film where it could melt into the food - eg in conventional ovens or with pots and pans on cooker hobs
  • allow cling film to touch the food when re-heating or cooking it in a microwave oven
  • use cling film in contact with high fat foods unless the manufacturer's advice says it is suitable for this

High fat foods include:

  • some types of cheese
  • raw meats with a layer of fat
  • fried meats
  • pastry products
  • cakes with butter icing or chocolate coatings

How plastic food contact materials are regulated

European regulations control the substances used in plastic food contact materials. They set out conditions for using them. The regulation applies throughout Europe.  UK food law includes the EU rules. Independent expert committees have examined the plasticisers used in cling film. Where necessary, the government has introduced restrictions  to safeguard public health.